Portfolio learning with cancer patients: an integrated module in undergraduate medical education.
Maughan TS., Finlay IG., Webster DJ.
A model of undergraduate education based on a one to one relationship between a student and a patient with cancer has become a core module within the University of Wales College of Medicine undergraduate curriculum. The project combines the powerful impact of a one to one interaction with an active investigative and reflective approach to issues triggered from that patient's cancer journey. The aim is to provide each medical student with an understanding of the impact of a malignant disease and its treatment on patients and their families through the experience of one patient with cancer. The benefits of the project cover the areas of attitudes, skills and knowledge. Students are assessed on their involvement with the patient, in tutorials and on their portfolio, in which they record all aspects of the project. Student evaluations indicate high levels of appreciation of the project, despite its potentially strong emotional content.